How a Never-Used Provision in the Constitution Could Revolutionize Congress

How a Never-Used Provision in the Constitution Could Revolutionize Congress

(National Archives via AP) It’s no secret to anybody that our federal government is out of control, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to massive spending and power grabs at the federal level. Or is there?

A group of state legislators thinks they may have an idea, and it draws on a provision in the Constitution that has never been used.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution states (with emphasis added):

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

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